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When the Department of Journalism Studies was established in 1994, we committed to establishing an active research programme focusing on the theory and practice of journalism and news production, and political communication.

Since then our world-class research staff have made the department a leading international centre for research in media and communications.

Click through from the links below to discover more about our research – and, if you're interested in PhD study, how you could become a part of it.

Our research areas

Staff and students at the Department of Journalism Studies are researching under six key themes. These are:

  • Journalism, politics and society
  • Journalism and history
  • Global journalism
  • Media freedom and control
  • Media ethics, regulation and education
  • Data and digital journalism

More about what we do

PhD study

Interested in joining the Sheffield research community to pursue a PhD? Let's discuss your ideas.

Research degrees

REF 2014

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework 100 per cent of our work was rated world-leading or internationally excellent for impact.

Results in detail

Research bulletins

These bulletins offer a quick but comprehensive summary of current activities by our research staff, including publications, presentations and media appearances.

Find out the latest


Ethical practice is fundamental to research in the Department of Journalism Studies.

Policies and guidance

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The Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), a research group based in the Department of Journalism Studies, has been working closely with the United Nations to support journalists' safety and liberty.

In November 2014 CFOM took part in a seminar at the European Court of Human Rights to this end.

More about this | CFOM homepage